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Frankenstein

Victor and the Creature: Each Other’s Other Half It is said that it is impossible for an unstoppable force to meet an immovable object. However, in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein and his creation do exactly that. Victor stops at nothing to make sure he destroys the monster. On the other hand, the monster does everything in his power to not let Victor kill him. Victor Frankenstein and his creation share a unique connection in which Victor is not only the creator, but also the other half to his creation.

Although Victor and the creature are out to get one another, they do not realize that they need each other in order to have something to live for. In The Dark Knight, the Joker tells Batman, “You won’t kill me out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness. And I won’t kill you because you’re just too much fun. I think you and I are destined to do this forever” (The Dark Knight). Victor thinks it is his destiny that he will chase the creature forever. He states “Destiny was too potent…” (Shelley 23) which eventually leads to his destruction.

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However, just like Batman, Victor chases his creature, but if he ever met him, he wouldn’t have killed him. Although he said he wanted to, it is hard to believe that a creator would bring himself to destroy his own creation. The creature represents the Joker because he has nothing else to live for besides getting chased by, and chasing Victor. Both of them need one another and, in a sense, are two halves to the same whole. Not only were Victor and his creation destined to chase each other, but they were also destined to be together.

His whole life, Victor wanted to be the creator of life. After meeting with Professor Waldman, he says, “…it decided my future destiny” (Shelley 29). Victor may not realize it yet, but it is his fate that he will create the other half of himself, his own monster. With the creature, from the moment he comes alive he is automatically attracted to Victor. Unfortunately, Victor is so disgusted with his creation that he wants no part of it. The only thing the creature wants is the approval from his own creator. He tells Victor, “You, my creator, would tear me to pieces…” (Shelley 104).

He wants Victor to know that he does have feelings and wants to be loved and accepted. This is what sparks the journey that both of them will go on, chasing one another until their deaths. The deaths of the two show the real relationship between Victor and the monster. Victor still wants to go on killing the monster, even on his deathbed. When talking to Walton, he tells him, “You may give up our purpose, but mine is assigned to me by heaven, and I dare not” (Shelley 161). No matter what, Victor wants the monster dead and he wants to do it.

However, upon learning of Victor’s death, the creature is very upset and ultimately decides to kill himself. He knows that without Victor he has nothing left to live for and is worthless. He says, “If thou wert yet alive and yet cherished a desire of revenge against me, it would be better satiated in my life than in my destruction” (Shelley 166). Even though the creature spent his life taunting and chasing Victor, it was his fate, and he has no purpose in life now that the other half of him is gone forever. The fighting between Victor and the creature brings out how they really are.

Victor stops at nothing to try to destroy his creation, making him an unstoppable force. The creature makes sure that Victor is never able to catch him and achieve his goal in killing him, making him an immovable object. Just like both of these, there cannot be one without the other. There has to be an immovable object in order for there to be an unstoppable force, just as Victor has to be alive in order for his creation to be alive. Although their goals are different and they hate each other, fate has still brought them together to become one whole.

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